At Life Smiles, we use a laser for infants and children. For adults, we routinely use sutures after a release. Posterior tongue ties are in the midline of the mouth as well, but don’t insert into the tongue near the tip. They are easily missed by healthcare professionals including dentists. Posterior tongue ties limit function of the tongue, which affects growth of the airway, proper growth of the jaws resulting in a bad bite, and may contribute to Sleep Disordered Breathing, or SDB. The presentation of the lingual frenum varies from person to person. Dr. Geisler is trained in measuring range of motion and works closely with Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists (COMs). These brilliant therapists identify swallowing, speech, resting tongue posture and other functions of the tongue. What is the goal of releasing a tight lingual frenum, or a tongue-tie? A fully functioning tongue is important for overall health. The benefits are many, but each person may see improvements in different ways, depending on how their body was compensating.
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